Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds.

Rhymes Reveal Evidence of Learning in the Womb

FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies seem to learn even before they're born, a new study suggests.

Obesity During Pregnancy Linked to Raised Asthma Risk in Kids

TUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who are obese during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with asthma than normal-weight mothers, a new review suggests.

Life Skills, Parenting Classes May Cut Inflammation in Poor Kids

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Good parenting and life skills coaching seem to reduce inflammation in children from low-income families, a new study suggests.

Smoking While Pregnant Linked to ADHD in Children

MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to women who smoked during pregnancy appear to have an increased risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.

Full-Time Job May Disrupt Breast-Feeding Plans

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who return to work full-time are less likely to stick with their breast-feeding goals than those who go back to work part-time, a new study finds.

Health Tip: Watching Your Weight During Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Some expectant mothers view pregnancy as a time to eat more and not worry about weight. But experts say pregnant women should focus on what they eat, and how much.

Health Tip: Quit Smoking, Especially While Pregnant

(HealthDay News) -- If you're pregnant or trying, you've probably been told not to smoke.

Exercising Moms-to-Be Have Less Chubby Newborns, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study finds.

Sutures Bested Staples After C-Section in Study

TUESDAY, July 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who deliver their baby by cesarean section are less likely to suffer complications if sutures -- rather than staples -- are used to close the incision, a new study says.